Friday, March 20, 2015

look for a new star in the sky tonight



Bart
4 December 2004 - 20 March 2015


God's speed, buddy.  You were the best!


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I'll write more in a day or so and do a proper tribute to this beautiful dog.  In short, Sunday night I found a huge lump on his chest.  Monday he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma.  His chest cavety was full of fluid around his heart.  Tuesday I took him for a visit to his stream which he loved.  He declined rapidly.  Last night he could not get comfortable, was having trouble breathing and stopped eating.  The vet came to the house this afternoon.  Ruby and Otto both got to say good by to him.  I'm a wreck and I'm relieved that he's no longer so uncomfortable.  He told me with his eyes that it was time.  


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94 comments:

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Oh no...that makes us so sad, but we know you did the right thing for him. Tears in our part of the world. Sending you hugs.

Idaho PugRanch said...

The tears are falling, we were so sad to read this. We are sending you lots of hugs and prayers.
Bailey, Hazel, Mabel & Mom

Ann Adamus said...

I am so very sorry you have said farewell to this beautiful and wonderful boy ... am sure he will always be there in your heart.
Fondly,
Ann and Zoolatry

Cinnamon said...

We are so sorry to read of Bart's passing. May you find comfort in knowing he is healed and no long in pain.
Run Free Sweet Bart.

xo Cinnamon and Linda

Sarge said...

This is Frankie and
Ernie and our Mom Lana.... we are using Sarge's Computer....

OH how Sad and SORRY we are feeling.. We loved Bart... he was a GOOD furend and a Good GUY... the sky will be much Brighter tonight.

Run Free and Fast .... Until we Meet Again.
We have wonderful memories or Bart. SOOOOOOOOO Sorry. Our hearts are Heavy with the hurt of this..

Amber DaWeenie said...

I'm so sorry. We lost our Bailey 2 weeks ago and I know she's already met Bart and showing him around. Keep all the happy memories you shared safe in your heart and they'll get you through the hard time. Run young and free again, Bart!

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Oh no - we are crying with you and sending huge hugs - as much as it is hard losing him he isn't in pain anymore and has so many wonderful buddies waiting over the rainbow bridge for him

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I am so, so sorry to read your news about your most handsome boy Bart. I know what a sad day this is for you, and like so many others, even though Bart was a dog I never met, I feel like he was because you shared him with all of us. There's a well known saying... 'Death is never sad, if the gift of life has been well used'. While I know that Bart's life was "well used" I'm still very, very sad for his loss. I hope you find comfort in your memories of him that can never be taken away, and peace in knowing you will see him again one day.

Ruby said...

Oh noes. omd. I am so very sorry to hear about our buddy Bart. He was a true Gentleman, and a shining example of Black and Tan.
The sky is shining a lot brighter tonight....
Splash and run free sweet Bart...
Kisses,
Ruby ♥
{{{hugs}}}}

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Our hearts ache at hearing this news. But you were so loving to give him peace and comfort. We know how much you will miss him. Words are hard to come by at times like these, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. So very sorry. Soft woos and gentle hugs from all of us.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom Kathie

2browndawgs said...

We are so terribly sad. We are crying. Farewell sweet Bart.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh no. We are so so sorry. Run free sweet Bart. Benny is waiting for you
Lily & Edward

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are so sorry that this happened to our beloved Bart. We know how your heart is breaking right now,,, What you did for Bart is the kindest gift that you could have given.
Your very own heart could not stand one more moment of seeing him being in pain.
You knew what you had to do,, and you did it unselfishly- only thinking of Bart.
I know your heart is breaking.
Bart was our friend too,
I am sitting beside you right now,
love
tweedles

LBJ said...
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LBJ said...

The previous comment was mine - I only cut and pasted part of what I wished to. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers even if we are strangers to you in this place we call the internet. I hope the following offers you some comfort. You are in our thoughts and I hope Bart gets to meet Barkley up there, as he could use some company until I return to him.
LB Johnson - author and rescue dog Mom.

"When I as 18, and lost my lifelong companion, Sally - with me since birth, a small black and white cocker mix... my best and sometimes only friend, my soul-mate... She loved me, I believe more perfectly than I could ever have loved her in my inexperience. When she was 18 she died and I grieved and I cried and I still get tears in my eyes when I think of that sweet little soul who gave me so much. So, no, you never get over it, I do not know anyone who has loved a dog and has said goodbye that gets over it. The pain? As you know, it eases, it becomes sweet memory with time, you still get tears in your eyes, but the smiles and laughter at the remembered fun and antics of your 4-legged Pal returns to you.

My mother is part Iroquois, and although a lifelong Catholic carried with her some of the mythology handed down in her family. She knew my grief was raw and painful and that only time would help heal the wound in my heart. She said to me "Sally walks with you, and with time, she will allow you to feel her there beside you. During the first time of grief, you are blind to her, and that is as it should be, so she will know she is no longer in This World, but now walks in the Spirit World. When you are ready, she will help ease your pain by showing you memories, and helping you laugh again when you are ready to see that she is not lost to you, but always remains a part of you. Your tears will then be tears of joy at your good fortune at having known such a one."
From "The Book of Barkley - Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever

Millie and Walter said...

We are so sorry to hear that Bart has crossed over the rainbow bridge. He was a true gentleman.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh dear mates we are so sad to hear this news. We send you our love and sincere sympathy. Run fast run free Bart. Gentle hugs to you all. No worries and LOVE, Stella and Rory and Carol

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

I'm so happy I got to see him last night. He was such a fine boy..a kind and funny boy, a hesitant alpha who blossomed into a strong sweet man! He was so kind to Mabel...I know she and Gizmo and Allie are all so happy right now. Another playmate for that gorgeous stream under that bridge!

Much love to you all!

Bouncing Bertie said...

What a shock to lose dear Bart so suddenly. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news, but Bart was fortunate in having someone who recognised they signs that he'd had enough and was brave and kind enough to act.
Bertie and I send our condolences and warmest hugs to you all.
Very best wishes,
Gail.

Bev Green said...

We have popped over from the POTP bloggie to send our love at this sad time..we are so sorry you had to say goodbye to your handsome boy Bart and hope you all hold on to the wonderful memories to help you at this time.much love Fozziemum xxx

Pia said...

So sad news... I am so sorry for your loss. Good thoughts for you and a big hug.
Run free Bart!

Mitch and Molly said...

The tears are already falling here. You were the bestest, Bart. Godspeed, buddy♥

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Molly TheWally said...

We are truly sorry to read about Bert and we feel for you as we know with so many of us having been through similar situation albeit the disease may have been different. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Run free and fast to the rainbow bridge sweet Bert.
Best wishes Molly

Satu Kukkaiselämää said...

I'm so sorry! It's heartbreaking, I know. But now, there's no pain anymore. Bart's on a heavenly field with many furry friends.

Hugs,

Satu and Mickey

Sandra said...

my heart hurts for you and your family and Otto and Ruby. Bart you will be missed, run free

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Awww, Bart! You left us, too soon!See you on the other side!

I hope all the great memories you and Bart made will bring you solace and help to soften the loss.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Sharing heartaches and tail shakes with you all... Blessings hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Jean said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. My heart breaks for you.
I know how you feel but also know that raw grief will turn into fond memories with time.
You did the right thing, although it may have felt just wrong.
Dogs bring us great joy and also sorrow, but mostly joy.

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Such sad news to hear. We are so very sorry for your loss. Max and me is sending blessings and love to all of you. Run free sweet friend.

Mom, Maggie Mae and Max

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

So sorry for your loss. It's the hardest thing to have to deal with. His suffering was minimal and he was much loved.

Rubie and her mum xxx

Madi and Mom said...

Oh no.....Madi and I are so very sorry to read about Bart's sudden diagnosis and passing. You all will miss Bart's gentle spirit and most of all his Rottie wiggle. Each time I see your header I smile. Run free Bart with easy breaths.
Bart was loved and gave so much to you all.
Madi sends kitty kisses and I send lots of hugs for all
Cecilia and Madi

Old Kitty said...

Sending you all gentle purrs and hugs for the loss of your beautiful angel Bart.
Take care
x

Marg said...

We are so sorry that Bart had to leave you. Just know that the kindest thing you did for him is to let him go. Now he is running pain free. We sure send huge hugs.

Lovable Lily said...

Our hearts are saddened to hear the news about Bart. We are so very sorry for this great loss.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Mark Muller said...

It#s so sad that you had to go to that bridge, Bart... but you are always in my heart... hugs to you all..
easy rider

Tucker said...

Oh nos! We are so sorry to hear that you had to say goodbye to the Bart man. He was so special and will be so missed. Although we are not online much we still think of our dearest bloggy friends a lot and keep you in our hearts. Our condolences.

- Tucker, Tyson and the Momma

How Sam Sees It said...

I'm so sorry. RIP, sweet Bart. Hugs and love for you.

Monty and Harlow

Brian said...

We are all so very sorry to hear about your dear Bart. Even though we didn't know Bart, we could feel the love here and it made our whiskers weepy wet. Love and hugs from all of us.

Sweet William The Scot said...

Bart and Gizmo must be running free and having joy in being together again.
I feel for your loss. Sending you hugs.
Sweet William The Scot & Lee

Timmy Tomcat said...

We are so sorry and send prayers and purrs for you and your family. Bart we shall all meet again so sending our love
Timmy Dad and Family

Hannah and Lucy said...

We're so sorry to hear that your beloved Bart has had to cross Rainbow Bridge. We are sending many purrs and prayers for you at this sad time.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

So heartbreaking that melanoma could happen so fast...
Sending hugs and prayers for your sweet Bart.
Luv from the Katie Katz.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

we did not have the honor of knowing bart but wanted to offer
our sincerest sympathies

Godspeed bart and may He grant your mom peace in her heart
knowing you are in heaven

JoAnn Stancer said...

So very sorry for your loss.

Just Me Pooh said...

We are so sorry to hear you sweet Bart had to leave. We are also sorry we did not know that sweetie. Thinking of you all and sending warm, gentle hugs, purrs, prayers and nose kisses

angelswhisper2011 said...

We're so sorry you lost your beautiful Bart. Heartbreaking news :( Soft Pawkisses to comfort you <3 <3 <3

NanaNor's said...

I love KB's quote at the top of your blog-it is so true, when we lose a beloved companion there is such a void/hole in our heart. No words can help, just know many are thinking of you.
Hugs, Noreen

KB Bear said...

I send you lots of love and hugs. Bart was undoubtedly a very happy dog in your family. I'm sorry that it happened so suddenly, and I can imagine that you're feeling shocked and lost. I hope that Ruby and Otto are doing okay and that they can bring you some Rottie love to help you through this. I am thinking of you. I'm going to be off the internet for a little while and spending lots of time looking at the stars. I'll look for Bart's star. Rest assured, many dogs including Angel K are showering Bart in love up on the Bridge. Hugs to you.

speedyrabbit said...

We will look for that Star shining bright in the heavens,paw hugs for your loss,till we see you again Bart,xx Speedy and Rachel

Sarge said...

I'm so very sorry about the loss of your dear Bart. Run free my furiend. Sending lots of warm hugs to all of you.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Furiend

Sue said...

We're so very very sorry. Bart was a big sweetie and we will miss him. Thank you for doing the right thing even though it's so very hard to do.
Love from the Portie Pack

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello rottrover its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am so sorry to heer abowt bart!!! owr frends sumtimes git tayken so unekspektedly!!! run free bart and enjoy the endless fuds at tuckers nevernding rainbo bridj buffet!!! ok bye

Asta said...

My sweet fwienBaw,
I haven't ben hewe fo a long time and just heawd that you had to leave fow the bwidge. I know that yoow family is bwoken heawted, but I know you will aways be in theiw heawts and now can wun pain fwee wif all ouw angels. I will not say goodbye, it's just fawewell, till we meet and I can smooch you ovew the bwidge.
Healing smoochies to yoow families bwoken heawts.

Love aways
Asta

Frank The Tank said...

I am so very sorry to hear that Bart crossed the rainbow bridge, he was such a character, I really enjoyed reading about him, I am sure that he is looking down on you, thankful that you loved him so much, no longer in pain, running free with glistening Angel wings, until you meet him again, love and prayers for you and your family, love Frank and Momma Jemma XxxxxxxxX

Chef Sasha said...

I am so sorry to read about Bart. Run Free Sweet Bart. All of our pals that have gone before us will be there to meet you.


Loveys Sasha

Duncan said...

We've been there and know how hard it is. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

KarenMcG said...

We just learned about Bart, and wanted to stop by to let you know we're sending purrs and warm thoughts to you and the rest of your family.

The Boys and Karen at Kittens n Things.

Jake of Florida said...

We too have been there and know how terribly hard it is to lose one of our dear fur kids. Sending you love to help comfort you in this sad time. xxxxx

Joan and Just Harry (and Angel Jake opening his paws to greet Bart at the Rainbow Bridge!)

gentlestitches.com said...

bless you all during this difficult time. <3

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

We join you in your sorrow. Our Loki told us it was time too. Wishing you peace at this difficult time.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We were soooo sad to see the news Saturday morning -

I do hope Angel Bart khrashes some of The Equinox parties going on at The Rainbow Bridge -

Perhaps he was able to enjoy the beaWOOty of the Siberian khandle ceremony to help along his journey -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Jeanne Pursell said...

My heart goes out to you in the loss of your sweet buddy, Bart. May you find some comfort in your memories as time goes on. Run free now Bart...rest in peace.
Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

meowmeowmans said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for loving Bart so much, and so well. Purrs and prayers to you.

The Army of Four said...

We are so deeply sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing Bart with us and letting us get to know him a little bit. Mostly, thank you for ALL the love you showed him. He'll never forget that. Rest in peace, sweet boy.
KZK and the girls

CatInTheFridge said...

We heard about your friend and wanted to come by and wish you are deepest condolences. Sending purrs. - alana and Crepes.

TexWisGirl said...

i am so very sorry!

Jans Funny Farm said...

We're so sorry for the loss of your handsome Bart. It's always too soon to lose a furry. A warm hug, purrs and paw taps of comfort.

Karen Jo said...

I am so sorry that you had to help Bart to the Rainbow Bridge. I send hugs and the kitties send comforting purrs.

bettyj said...

I am crying as I write this. I know your pain, Dasko gave me the same look and it hurt so bad. I have been out of town and just read this.
Nothing hurts like telling them goodbye. Bart brought everyone who reads this blog so much joy. Prayers for your comfort.

Wyatt said...

RIP dear Bart. You will be missed by many, but we know you are in good company over that bridge.

xoxo

Wyatt and Family

Casey said...

I'm so very sorry. I think Bart and Cinderella went running all the way to the Bridge together. I'm thinking of all of you at this difficult time.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so very sorry about Bart. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy for his loss.

Corbin said...

We are so sad to hear this news... Run free, sweet Bart. We'll be thinking of you all and sending lots of hugs and love your way in the days to come.
-Corbin, Amelia and their momma, Jenn (Diamond, too)

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Be at peace, Gentle Warrior, Bart. You are awesome and fought a good fight against the evil monster and now deserve to rest and be restored. Know you will never be forgotten. We will carry your name and bravery with us as The White Dog Army continues to work to defeat this soulless beast. Momma sends special understanding and love to your mom; she knows firsthand the shock of such a sudden impossible discovery and the rapidness of the overwhelming grief that too quickly ensues. Soft woos and love to all. The White Dog Army

KEY WEST COLLIES said...

Your pack is in our thoughts and prayers. It is hard to see a pawsome friend leave.
Here is wishing Bart "Dog Speed" on his trip over the rainbow bridge.

Sherman & Dog Dad

Ojo said...

Ojo here... We are very sorry to hear about Bart. We saw your rainbow post first and it was very beautiful, and now we see this one and the rainbow makes sense. One day we will all walk with Bart there, and I'm sure it is indeed as beautiful as your picture shows. I'm sure Bart is running free now, and I know he will always love you and always be with you. Good-bye Bart, you'll be missed friend!

Priscilla Phang said...

Our dear friends, so sorry to hear about Bart. We always wish our pets can live forever, but unfortunately, they always leave us too soon. My heart is breaking for you. I hope Ruby and Otto are doing okay without their buddy. May he rest in peace. I know he will meet our Laura on the Rainbow Bridge.

Adventures of Jungle Girl said...

SO very sorry for your loss. Know how much it hurts to lose a beloved furry family member, but you did the right thing for him. You know that.

We grieve with you. Very fond of the APLB - Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (http://www.aplb.org) for help with this - they have lovely, knowledgeable moderators in their pet loss chat rooms. No charge unless you want to become a member. Not an advert - just sharing what worked for me, in case you need/want something like this. If not, please ignore:-)

Fondly,
Bella and Ruthie (neither of whom writes in our blog;-)

Marjie said...

My heart breaks for you. Godspeed Bart, you were a wonderful friend.

scottiechronicles.com said...

Such a sweet boy. We are so very, very sorry to hear of Bart's passing.

Sending you Scottie love,

Stuart and peeps

Mayzie said...

Oh, we are so very, very sorry to hear this about Bart! He has always been one of our very favoritest bloggie friends and we will miss him so much. We are sending you love, hugs and brindle kisses for your broken heart. Bart was oh-so-lucky to be part of your Most Wonderful family.

Gentle wiggles and wags,
Mayzie, Ranger, Smudge, Abby and MayzieMom

Wild Dingo said...

OMD! I'm so sorry! What a sweetheart Bart was.
We wish you much love,
julie, Loki, and Juno

tubby3pug said...

I'm so sorry. What a beautiful boy. What love he had in his life with you. We recently lost our Norbert a 12 year old mix after a rapid cancer a week from diagnosis we said goodbye. Hugs

Inger said...

I have tears in my eyes, reading this. Then I think about the quote from your header and know your heart is growing larger. Thanks for stopping by.

Ryker said...

Hugs to you all during this terrible time.

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss.

Out thoughts & prayers are with you.

Sarah, the Mommy

Nanük said...

We are very sorry for this terrible loss, sending condolences and respect,

Nanük an Family,

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Oh no :( I am so gutted and heartbroken for you. I love your rainbow photo in your next post. Bart was a rainbow in your life, a DOG amongst dogs. The Most Interesting Dog In The World.

"If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever."

Shine on Bart xxx

houndstooth said...

We are late, but we wanted to say how very sorry we are to hear of Bart's passing. I loved his flirtatious, humorous way and of course, his immense handsomeness!

Bart, you will always be The Most Interesting Dog In The World to me!


Bunny

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

Oh I missed this sad news :( I'm so sorry my dear friends. You must miss him so much but I hope there is also peace in knowing that he is free. Hugs to you all!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Just catching up on reading blogs and we are so sad to read the passing of Bart. Bart left many precious memories and will be remembered forever. Sending you Lots of Golden LOVE.

Beth said...

So sorry to hear this.....

Tanya Breese said...

oh my gosh, i am so very sorry to see this...my heart is breaking for you...i know how hard this is having said goodbye too many times...sending hugs...

Tanya Breese said...

oh my gosh, i am so very sorry to see this...my heart is breaking for you...i know how hard this is having said goodbye too many times...sending hugs...